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Ambition Macbeth Persuasive Speech

  • Date Submitted: 06/05/2011 12:26 AM
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Ambition, an intrinsic instinct, an inflexible passion that defines us as human. An instinct that endows us with the determination and motivation necessary for a successful future. Quintessential in our leadership. It is   defined as a cherished desire, be it for power, status or personal advantage. However ambition is a counterpoint. When tempered with moral integrity, it leads to fulfilment in servitude. In contrast sef-serving ambition perverts your morality in its insatiable lust for satisfaction.
Take the Shakespearean tragedy ‘Macbeth’. A story that resonates because of its fundamental truths on human condition. The character Macbeth is defined by the consequences of his ambition.   His inane ambition is first demonstrated in the temptation of an ambiguous prophecy proclaiming him king. His response to the prophecy:  
It commenced in a truth? I am thane of Cawdor.                                                                                                                   If good, why do I yield to that suggestion (murdering Duncan )                                                                                                     Whose horrid image stands my hair on end                                                                                                                                                     And make my seated heart knock at my ribs 

When Macbeth is bestowed the title thane for valour and bravery he takes no time savouring the taste of success. The tempting proposal plays on his ambitions lust for the power and status of king, developing into   dissatisfaction with his promotion. From this discontent is born a scheme to slaughter his king, for the satisfaction of his lust. Here we see the first consequence of untempered ambition : dissatisfaction.    

Macbeth’s self-awareness of the immorality and the consequences is clear, the mere notion revolts him. In spite of this he yields to temptation accepting the consequences which...


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